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Mediterranean Beetroot and Feta Frying Pan Bake

by Ali Maffucci from Inspiralized

Mediterranean Beetroot and Feta Frying Pan Bake from Ali Maffucci's Inspiralized cookbook. Inspired by the Greek salad, Ali takes the traditional mix of olives, onions and fresh tomatoes and adds beetroot noodles to enhance the flavour.

Introduction

When Lu and I went on our first vacation together to Greece, everywhere we stopped we ordered a Greek salad and a regional beer. We quickly learned that the American version of this vegetarian salad was different from the real thing, which is lettuce-free and has predominantly thick-cut tomatoes with large chunks of feta. Here, I use the tradition salad mix for a hot dish. The combination of olives, onions and fresh tomatoes is heavenly – the beetroot noodles only enhance all that flavour!

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Ingredients

85g yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
85g red cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus 1 tsp for garnish
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
60g pitted Kalamata olives
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 small beetroots, peeled, spiralized with blade C
1/2 small red onion, peeled, spiralized with blade C
salt and pepper
1 (225g) block of feta or halloumi cheese

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the cheese and the parsley for garnish.

2. Place the block of feta or halloumi in the centre of a large ovenproof frying pan. Top and surround it with the beetroot noodle mixture. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 20 minutes or until the beetroot noodles wilt. Serve hot, harnished with the remaining parsley.

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